Frances Mae Rufi age 84 of Monroe, died peacefully on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at the Monroe Clinic Hospital. Frances was born May 8, 1928 in Jefferson Township, Green County, Wisconsin, the daughter of John W. and Eva (Bacon) Rufi. She grew up on the family's purebred dairy farm and graduated from Monroe High School in 1945. Frances helped her Dad on the farm until he retired and they moved to Monroe.
Frances had and appreciation and enthusiasm for the Holstein cow and had a passion for showing this breed at local, state, and national events. Frances began showing Holsteins in 4-H at the age of ten, and 2012 marked her 73rd year as an exhibitor at the Green County Fair. For many years she helped show for the Lawrence and Elsa Salesman Dairy and Danny and Randy Wyss.
She loved to travel domestically and internationally and in 1980 she was given the opportunity to attend a cattle show in Japan. Frances could be seen playing shuffleboard at the Behring Senior Center or giving blood at the local blood bank. She loved televised sports, volunteering at the Green County Dairy Breakfast, playing bingo and Uno with her friends, and could be spotted traveling the roads in her little red pickup.
She is survived by her brother, Robert L. (Barb) Rufi of Monroe; a sister-in-law, Cleo Rufi; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother in 1962; her father in 1978; a brother, John Burton Rufi; and a special friend, Elsa Salesman.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 12, 2012, at 3:00 p.m., at the Newcomer Funeral Home, Monroe. Reverend Randy Booth of the Monroe United Methodist Church will officiate with interment to follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Monroe. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Friday from 1:00 p.m until the time of service. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Behring Senior Center or charity of one's choice. To share a memory or sign the guestbook go to www.newcomerfuneralhome.net